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Reader's Digest Condensed Books - VOL4 1974 -The Boy Who Invented The Bubble Gun, The Good Shepard, The Property of a Gentleman, & His Majesty's U-Boat
Reader's Digest Condensed Books - VOL4 1974 -The Boy Who Invented The Bubble Gun The Good Shepard The Property of a Gentleman His Majesty's U-Boat Author:Reader's Digest Editor's & Paul Gallico, Thomas Fleming, Catherine Gaskin, & Douglas Reeman **THE BOY WHO INVENTED THE BUBBLE GUN** An Odyssey of Innocence by Paul Gallico (Illustrated by John McCelland) - Red-haired, bespectacled nine-year-old Julian West believed what he read, that anyone could patent an Invention. With courage, this stammering boy ran away from home and from a father who seemed always too busy to do anything but la... more »ugh at him. His father would care, perhaps even respect him, if he could just patent his invention and make his fortune. So began, a delirious adventure that reached from California to Washington, D.C., and catapulted the small boy into a deadly game between two great powers, across the path of an armed maniac and into the hearts of newfould friends who soon made his cause their own. Paul Gallico, author of many books and screenplays, has written a new tale that is both suspenseful and heartwarming.
**THE GOOD SHEPARD** by Thomas Fleming (The struggle of an American Cardinal to fulfill his calling as The Good Shepherd), (Illustrated by Jim Sharpe) - "Frater noster taciturnus" -our silent brother-whispered the Pope of Rome. And the new American cardinal kneeling before him knew why he had been chosen to receive the red biretta. Archbishop Matthew Mahan, kindly smooth talker, master fund raiser, war hero, had been accommodatingly silent on Humanae Vitae, Rome's birth control encyclical. Cardinal Mahan would also be expected to be silent on divorce, on celibacy, on all controversial issues with which a rebellious clergy was plaguing the Vatican. But Father Matthew Mahan had known and cherished the late Pope John XXIII, who had seen that the Church could not stand still, who had not feared to change its age-old ways. Now, in Rome, memories of John came flooding back to Matthew Mahan. Set against a crowded tapestry that encompasses both the grandeur of Rome and the politico-religious life of a middle-sized American city, thie is the story of a cardinal's arduous struggle to be a true priest-a good shepherd-in the Church he serves and loves.
**THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN** by Catherine Gaskin (Illustrated by Ben Wohlberg) - Joanna Roswell was young, beautiful, and had a promising career as an antiques expert is one of the world's great auction houses. Yet something was missing from her life. Them comes the invitation to accompany Gerald Stanton to Thirlbeck, ancestral home of the earls of Askew. They hope they'll be asked to arrange a discreet sale of whatever antiques might be housed in the decaying old manor. Once there, Joanna finds priceless treasures. She also discovers that it is easy to believe in ghosts. Against her will, Joanna becomes deeply enmeshed in the lives of the two men who stand in the path of Thirlbeck's rich but deadly legacy-Robert Birkett, the present earl, and his reluctant heir, the disturbingly intent Nat Birkett. In this, her finest novel, Catherine Gaskin weaves a rich tapestry of romance and mystery. A gripping tale from the author of Edge of Glass, Fiona, and A Falcon for a Queen.
**HIS MAJESTY'S U-BOAT** by Douglas Reeman (Illustreated by Schuare)-British Lieutenant Commander Steven Marshall, weary and tense after months of sea duty, is given his new command-a captured German submarine-and ordered to sail her into dangerous waters on a top secret mission. In British hands, sailing under the guise of a German warship, U-192 could create havoc-she could destroy German supply ships, sink their floating docks, enter seas which no British submarine could penetrate. But she would be open to attack from both friend and foe. Further complications develop when Marshall encounters Chantal, a beautiful French spy. Somehow her calm acceptance of danger gives him the strength to carry out his perilous assignment. In a truly exciting story a German submarine becomes a proud member of His Majesty's fleet. Douglas Reeman is a "gifted novelist who spins a jolly good sea yarn, knows his World War II naval warfare background, and uses it well" -Publishers Weekly-« less